Bruce Nauman. Collection of Various Flexible Materials Separated by Layers of Grease with Holes the Size of My Waist and Wrists. 1966

Bruce Nauman Collection of Various Flexible Materials Separated by Layers of Grease with Holes the Size of My Waist and Wrists 1966

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 413 The David Geffen Wing

In the 1960s, Nauman worked with throwaway materials—aluminum foil, plastic sheets, foam rubber, felt, and grease. Here, he layers them into a soft, suede-like blanket. His choice of inexpensive materials that transform with time reflects his broader interest in decay and entropy. During this time, Nauman also began using his body to create sculptures through casting and recording his performances and actions with the newly available handheld camera. The holes piercing the materials directly relate to the body—he described his fascination with the negative space of forms as a way of “thinking about the underside and the backside of things.”

Gallery label from "Collection: 1940s—1970s", 2019
Medium
Aluminum foil, plastic sheet, foam rubber, felt, and grease
Dimensions
3" x 7' 6 1/4" x 19 1/8" (7.6 x 229.2 x 48.5 cm)
Credit
Helen Acheson Bequest (by exchange) and gift of Douglas S. Cramer
Object number
301.1997
Copyright
© 2020 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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